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ST. PETER’S CANCER CARE CENTER
317 South Manning Boulevard • Suite 100
Albany, NY 12208
Side effects of the radiation may continue for
several weeks after the treatments are com-
RADIATION TO THE BRAIN
pleted. Continue to clean the treatment area
gently. Notify your physician or nurse of any
During your treatment, you may be taking a
breaks in the skin or discharge from the skin.
medicine called Decadron® (dexamethasone).
This medicine decreases the swelling in the head
Be sure to maintain your follow-up schedule
caused by the tumor and the radiation. Use of
with your radiation oncologist. Always call with
this medication requires a special set of self-care
• Decadron may cause an increase in appetite,
increased urination, fluid retention (swelling),
In addition to the radiation oncology staff, other
health care professionals are available to assist
sleeping. These are expected side effects of
• Our spiritual care team can provide individual
and family support in meeting your religious
Advanced treatment options, dedicated professionals
• Notify your physician, nurse or therapist if
and a unique caring environment make St. Peter’s
one of the most well-regarded health systems.
• Our behavioral health team is experienced in
nausea, vomiting, visual problems, trouble
In recent years, St. Peter’s Hospital has been recognized
helping you and your family cope with your
speaking, seizures, or weakness in your arms
by national and state health care quality organizations
for excellence in care. We offer a comprehensive,
integrated continuum of services – ranging from acute care
• Our nutritional support team is available to
• DO NOT take this medication on an empty
in the hospital to outpatient services, home care, nursing homes,
assist with your nutritional needs related to
hospice care, addictions treatment and much more.
stomach. DO take it with food or milk. Your
physician may want you to take a prescrip-
St. Peter’s continues to set the pace for health care innovations.
• Our complementary therapy program offers
tion medication to prevent irritation of your
that technology is critical to treatment,
patients individual consultations on develop-
but compassion is the key to healing.
ing coping and wellness support strategies for
• Your physician will gradually decrease the
use before, during and after treatments.
amount of Decadron you are taking. DONOT decrease or stop taking this medicinewithout being told to do so by your physicianor nurse.
• You may also be taking an anticonvulsant
medication to prevent seizures. It is impor-tant that you continue taking this medicationuntil you are instructed otherwise by yourphysician.
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• Your skin will be checked frequently for
changes. If you have itching or discomfort,notify your physician, nurse, or therapist. They
may suggest or prescribe medications to help
During radiation therapy, the radiation must pass
directly through your skin in order to reach thetumor. To make this possible, you will be asked
to remove any clothing or accessory from the
Radiation to the scalp will cause hair loss in the
treatment area. Your privacy will be maintained to
area being treated. Hair loss will start about two
weeks after the treatments have started. The
amount of hair loss, and whether or not it will
grow back, will depend on the amount of radiation
Fatigue is common during radiation therapy.
Effects in Patients Receiving Radiation to
you receive. The new hair growth may be thinner,
Stress related to your illness, daily trips for treat-
and the texture or color may be different than
ment, and the effects of radiation on your
body’s normal cells all contribute to fatigue. Theamount of fatigue you experience will go away
slowly after your treatment is completed. Avoid
will discuss any changes to the plan with
• Avoid using curling irons, electric hair dryers,
becoming overly tired. Pace your activities and
curlers, clips and hair spray on your hair.
• DO NOT color your hair or get a permanent
carefully planned to direct the radiation
• If you plan to wear a wig or other hair piece, it
If your ears are part of the treatment area, you
Ask your physician or nurse about things you can do
may be helpful to purchase it before hair loss
may experience some ear irritation or hearing
to protect your skin before your radiation treatments
occurs. This will make it easier for you to match
become dry, itchy and irritated during treat-
The radiation treatments may cause you to develop
• You should ask your physician or nurse where
area will also be affected. This may result
foreign matter into the ear canal. Notify your
skin reactions such as redness, dryness, itching,
to get a wig. Your insurance may pay for a wig if
physician, nurse or therapist of any ear prob-
peeling or tanning. It is important that you DO NOT
you get a prescription from your physician. You
scratch these areas. You should follow these instruc-
may also want to consider wearing a hat or
• You may wash your hair gently using a mild
It is possible that the radiation could affect your
shampoo (such as baby shampoo). Avoid scrub-
• Expose the treatment area to the air as much
bing. Gently pat the area dry with a soft towel.
bone marrow, where blood cells are made.
as possible. However, when outside, wear a
• DO NOT use any lotions or creams on the
scarf, hat or wig to protect your scalp from the
blood count) during your treatment to check for
• Avoid exposing your scalp to direct sun, heat or
• DO NOT use any tape, dressings or bandages
Other less common side effects may occur.
cold (including hot water bottles, heating pads
Notify your physician if you have any other
and ice packs). Avoid exposing your scalp to
problems not mentioned in this brochure.
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